Benue Primary, Secondary Schools, Tertiary Institutions reopen Sept 21

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Benue State Government has announced the reopening of Primary, Secondary Schools as well as Tertiary Institutions on Monday, 21st September 2020.

Addressing the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar while briefing journalists in Makiurdi said public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to abide by the directive.

Ityavtyar explained that the resumption is for the first term of 2020 and 2021 academic session, stressing that third term for other categories of pupils and students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 had been cancelled including payment of school fees.

The Commissioner said, “Let me emphasize on the issue of school fees so there is no confusion because if the third term is cancelled, school fees for the term are also cancelled.

” But in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3, parents are expected to pay their third term fees. However, those who have not done the third term, they don’t need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools.

The commissioner that the decision to reopen schools was a collective decision of stakeholders in the education sector in the state that all tertiary institutions be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed.

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He said that parents are to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers while school authorities provide handwashing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.

Tyavtyar directed that schools with high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, stressing that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.

The commissioner acknowledged the compliance of Benue people with COVID-19 protocols, the Commissioner said the first term would end on 18th December 2020 while the second term of 2020 and 2021 would commence on 7th January 2021 and end in March the same year.

Professor Ityavyar, however, urged Benue people with requisite qualifications to apply for the National Teachers Scheme under the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC, adding that interested persons could contact SUBEB for details.

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